This past monday I celebrated my 31st birthday. For many reasons (ex. 31 is a non-milestone year and the fact that my birthday fell on a Monday) this year should have been a quieter celebration. However, to my surprise and delight it was anything but that!
The morning started off with my favorite tradition of birthday breakfast in bed (see this post), followed by a great day at the office and then coming home to find that my husband had organized a surprise birthday party at our house with all of my friends in on the surprise! If that wasn't enough my husband even made a recipe from Redefining Domestics for the party! I was completely blown away by the entire evening and touched that everyone would make the effort to come and help me celebrate my not so significant birthday on a school night. This birthday really couldn't have been any more perfect and I am still smiling as I sit here typing this recap to you all.
Now, onto my recap of this month's favorite finds. I am absolutely loving this new monthly series because it's providing me with the perfect vehicle for bringing you all my list of latest favorite things. This month's list is a collection of finds that are great for enjoying during any time of year, but especially during the warmer months.
Flavored carbonated water is a hot trend at the moment. La Croix and Vintage Seltzer have been two personal favorites, until recently when I discovered Spindrift Seltzer. Why is Spindrift so great? Well, in addition to have a lovely fizz and great flavor variety, the biggest reason for it's jump to the top of my seltzer list is the fact that it is made with real juice and not synthetic substitutes. Nothing beats the taste of real fruit flavor in my opinion and for an additional 10-15 calories per can and 0-2grams of sugar, it is totally worth it! My favorite flavors at the moment include: Lemon, Raspberry-Lime and Grapefruit. I really cannot get enough of these delicious and refreshing flavored seltzers and definitely recommend trying Spindrift ASAP if you haven't already. Here is a link to Spindrift's Product Locator.
Mini Citrus Juicer
I have my fair share of citrus juicing tools, however over this past weekend I came across this mini citrus juicer and had to have it! Why? Not only is it small enough to easily fit in a kitchen drawer, it can juice and/or store both lemons and limes, is dishwasher safe and cost less than $10! Citrus juicing made even easier and most definitely a new favorite tool in my kitchen.
Microplane Garlic Mincer
We all know my love of kitchen tools and especially my obsession with all things Microplane (see here, here and here). While perusing my favorite kitchen stores a few weeks ago, I came across the latest in microplane technology...the Microplane Garlic Mincer! This tool minces garlic with ease, comes in a small compact case for easy storage and is completely dishwasher safe! Microplane's new garlic mincer is an item that I would highly recommend adding to your kitchen tool collection.
Martha Stewart's Cowboy Coconut Bar Recipe
Lately I have been turning to baking as a way to destress. It's a great way for me to break away from my computer at night, try a new recipe and earn immediate satisfaction with a delicious finished product. I came across this recipe while perusing the May Issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine and was immediately intrigued. I've made endless cookie and brownie recipes, but very few cookie bar recipes over the years, so the thought of a chocolate coconut and toasted pecan cookie bar really caught my eye. Martha Stewart's recipe for Cowboy Coconut Bars is an absolute MUST TRY!
I attended a bridal shower in Baltimore this past month to celebrate the upcoming nuptials of a family member from my husband's side. All of my husband's extended family drove to Baltimore for the shower which took place in the afternoon. Since it isn't every day that we can get the entire family together, we all planned to go out for an early dinner before everyone headed home.
I had heard about Woodberry Kitchen from my foodie friend at work, who raved about it and said it was a must try and boy was she right! This restaurant is absolutely FABULOUS!! Woodberry Kitchen focuses on supporting the local agriculture of the Chesapeake by creating a menu based on ingredients that are both seasonal and local to the area. In addition to the fabulous food, the ambiance is to die for! The main dining room has massive vaulted ceilings with a rustic chic decor vibe throughout and the most picturesque outdoor garden area seating where I enjoyed the most delicious whiskey smash cocktail (pictured above). And how could I forget to talk about dessert!? I ordered the S'more Kit for one which was served in the most adorable packaging with a roasting skewer so that I could roast the homemade marshmallow (included in the kit) myself in their fire pit located on the back patio of the restaurant. Talk about an experience! If ever in Baltimore, a visit to Woodberry Kitchen need to be on your list!